January 4, 2019

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Celeste Hylton-James

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A World Wide Web of Sketches

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“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.” -Gustav Klimt Enter the Brooklyn Art Library storefront. Right off a small, side street in Williamsburg lies around different 41,000 books nestled close to …

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“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.”

-Gustav Klimt

Enter the Brooklyn Art Library storefront.

Right off a small, side street in Williamsburg lies around different 41,000 books nestled close to one another, from corner to corner. They all look the same. All share the same bound body: height, weight, and 256 pages, yet each book is not a copy of its neighbor. What lies inside is quite a different story. Filling these walls are over 36,000 different stories to be exact, pages covered with colorful illustrations and observations. That is not even the half of it. The collection keeps on expanding, and books are checked out to visitors and admirers alike.

 

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This became the home of the ongoing crowdfunded collection, The Sketchbook Project, in 2009 when they moved from Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, founders Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker have accumulated sketches from artists from around the world. Virtually anyone can get involved and added into this massive library that you access online and hold in your fingertips. All you have to do is get a sketchbook to get started.

“When the Sketchbook Project first started, we never imagined where it would take us…We now have a place where anyone is accepted, and a community is created along the way.”

The Sketchbook Project World Tour

I mind you, getting involved is not free since you need to buy a sketchbook from them. Each standard book costs $30 and digital books cost $65. However, the money spent on buying a book continues the expansion of sketchy wonders. It’s refreshing to see people embracing the playground of creative processes: sketchbooks.

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If you want to be a part of the upcoming volume 14, you must purchase a book by this Saturday and submit your book to them by March 30th. Need inspiration? Guillermo del Toro’s insanely beautiful sketches might rouse an idea to get you started.

 

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